We first worked in Georgia in 2011, twenty years after the country declared its independence from the Soviet Union. In the intervening years, political unrest led to a lengthy civil war and widespread inter-ethnic violence. To this day, many displaced families live in basic settlements around the capital, Tbilisi and elsewhere. 

Stigma has historically prevented disabled children accessing education, and poverty – with attendant emotional distress, physical and mental health problems – is a fact of life for many.